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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Friday, April 6, 2018

Chris Griffin's Down with Amy!

Hi, I'm Chris Griffin...

the crazy, mixed-up

teenager from

Family Guy.

I'm sure you remember my post last year
when I introduced German drummer girl
and classic rock cover artist Sina. Today
I'm back with my latest discovery...

a talented Brit girl named

Amy Slattery!

Amy is a singer and multi-instrumentalist
who loves classic rock of the 60s and 70s,
especially the music of The Beatles.

In this two part tribute to Amy, I picked some
of the best covers on her YouTube channel,
including one she performed with her
musician dad, so start clicking and
rock along with Amy and me!

Written as early as 1957 by John Lennon with an assist from Paul McCartney, "One After 909" is one of the ace composing duo's oldest songs and is reminiscent of the early years rock 'n' roll in the U.S. The song stayed in the vault until 1970 when it became a track on the Let It Be album. Here's English cover girl Amy Slattery with a performance of "One After 909" that would make John proud!

"One After 909"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

"Ask Me Why" is another song primarily written by Beatle John. It was first released in 1963 on the Beatles' debut UK album Please Please Me and on the flip side of the Fab Four's "Please Please Me" single. John was influenced by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and "Ask Me Why" imitates the Motown group's style. Listen to what Amy does with the song!

"Ask Me Why"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

Written and sung by George Harrison, "I Want To Tell You" is a track on the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. The song emerged during George's creative spurt early in 1966 and drew upon his exposure to Indian culture and LSD experiences. Listen to Amy's fantastic version!

"I Want To Tell You"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

Written by Beatle Paul and influenced by American rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard, this next song, "I'm Down," became the hit B side of a Beatles 1965 two-fer single along with "Help!" Our girl Amy crushes it!

"I'm Down"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

"For No One" is another of Paul's songs from Revolver. The baroque pop track, featuring a French horn, deals with the end of an affair and was inspired by Paul's relationship with his girlfriend at the time, English actress Jane Asher. Listen to Amy's cool cover!

"For No One"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

"If I Needed Someone," from the Beatles album Rubber Soul, is another song penned by George. It is a love song to Pattie Boyd, the English model whom George married in January 1966. Brit bird Amy rules and rocks!

"If I Needed Someone"
Beatles cover by Amy Slattery

Amy loves The Beatles, but she also covers the material of other classic rock artists. One of her favorite songs is "Evil Woman," the hit single by the UK based symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra from their 1975 album Face the Music. Amy Slattery's cover kills!

"Evil Woman"
ELO cover by Amy Slattery

Stick around, gang!

I've got more super spiffy

classic rock covers by

Amy Slattery

coming right up in part 2.

See you soon!


  1. Interesting style for the videos. They are certainly of great quality. Ended with ELO - nice.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming by, good buddy!

      I totally agree with my guest host Chris Griffin. Amy Slattery rules and rocks! :)

      Unlike some cover artists found on YouTube, Amy's recordings are indeed of very high quality thanks to her dad, a veteran musician, and what appears to be a professional home recording studio.

      Thanks again for coming, Alex, and have a great weekend!

  2. Tom,

    Thanks for the introduction to this young talent. Amy totally rocks the house! I enjoyed her Beatles cover songs but it was her ELO 'Evil Woman' rendition that surprised me the most. I'm anxious for part 2 to see what else you share, my friend. Fabulous post and thanks for dropping by to visit my A2Z Creating iPad Art Sketches ‘Fairy’ post this morning! :)

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you for coming over, dear friend! Isn't Amy something? On her Y/T channel, she states:

      "I am really inspired by The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Smiths, The Beach Boys, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, The Police etc. and I play bits of guitar, bass, drums and piano."

      I love Amy's singing and playing and I'm happy to know that you do, too. Thanks for waiting to explore her channel until after Chris Griffin's part 2 salute next week. Chris promises another great batch of Beatles covers by Amy plus a fine version of a classic song by another iconic band.

      Thanks again, dear friend Cathy, and have a super weekend!

    2. Tom,

      I'm happy to postpone exploring YT for Chris's mewsic since you've promised more to come. You are always so good to broaden my mewsic horizons with new artists all the time which is definitely a nice welcome. Have a great evening, my friend!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      I hope all went AOK for you today at your appointments. I've been thinking about you.

      I am pleased to expand your mewsical horizons because you have broadened mine as well. Stay tuned for Amy Part 2 coming up Thursday.

      Have a splendid evening and I'll see you tomorrow, dear friend!

    4. Tom,

      My Monday appointments went quite well, especially my physical. I got some of the blood work which provided what I already, all is well. My ear is another story. Possible surgery this summer to fix the Eustachian dysfunction. There's a new procedure my ENT was telling me about that he feels I'm a good candidate for but the question is will insurance cover it. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'm just happy there's another possibility other than tubes. Have a glorious day and I hop back tomorrow for Part 2. Maybe Amy will visit and comment! TTFN and thanks for visiting my latest A2Z iPad Art Sketches 'Jars & Jelly' post.

    5. Hi, again, dear Cathy!

      I hope insurance will cover that new procedure and that you get your ear fixed up this summer. Mewsic lovers like us need to have our full hearing ability, right?

      Thanks again for stopping in, dear friend. I'll see you talame on the A To Z circuit and hope you enjoy part 2 of my salute to the wonderful Amy Slattery.

      See you tomorrow!

  3. She does a fine job with these lesser known Beatles numbers. Quite a talented young woman!

    I thought her rendition of the ELO number was very good!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thanks a lot for coming by, dear friend. I'm happy to see you!

      I gotta hand it to Chris G. He has an ear for talent. A while back he went scouting around and brought us German drummer girl Sina. Today he introduced Amy Slattery, a fine young singer and musician residing in the UK. I think its cool that Amy dug deep into the Beatles catalog and covered a variety of songs written by John, Paul and George. I agree that she did a great job on the ELO cover, too.

      Thanks again for taking a look and a listen, dear friend Kelly. Stay tuned for more of Amy's covers coming up six days from now in part 2 of Chris's series.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Hi Shady!

    Wow, Ms. Amy is really talented! "Ask Me Why" and "I'm Down" were exceptional. Thanks for another terrific newbie treat, my friend ;-)

    1. Hi, diedre!

      Thank you very much for swinging over to experience the sensational sound of rock expert Chris Griffin's latest musical discovery Amy Slattery of the UK.

      Amy's singing and playing are wonderful, and the recording, overdubbing and mixing is the icing on the cake, setting her performances apart from those of many other cover artists.

      Thank you again for joining the fun, dear friend diedre, and have a fine weekend!

  5. Very clever, talented and adorable young lady. She played one of my favorite songs "If I needed someone". Love that song. Evil Women was a nice choice to end on.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle! Hi, Winston!

      Thank you very much for coming over to meet Amy Slattery, an up-and-coming singer and musician from the UK. I like the adjectives you picked to describe what you saw and heard here, Gayle, and I agree with you 100%. Amy is quite a find. I can't wait for Amy and her dad to post more of her excellent cover performances. "If I Needed Someone" is one of my favorites, too. I love Rubber Soul and Beatle George's contributions.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Gayle, and have a safe and happy weekend!

  6. This was so fun, friend Shady ... thank you for making smile today ... was -27C here this morning ... me thinks Winter should move over, hmmm? ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming down to the lower 48 to experience the sight and sound of Chris G's latest discovery, British singer and multi-instrumentalist Amy Slattery. I'm happy to know you had fun reading and listening.

      It was -27C in your vicinity yesterday morning? I used a conversion tool and learned that -27C converts to 16.6 degrees below zero Fahrenheit! Wow, that's cold! Did it set a new record low?

      Thanks again for letting me warm you up with the talented Amy Slattery, dear friend cat. Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

    2. ... only -13C / +8F this morning, friend Shady ... yeah ... me think Spring is coming ... maybe, baby ... smiles ... much love, cat.

    3. Hi again, cat!

      Gosh, as the old song goes, you're "havin' a heat wave... a tropical heat wave." :)

      I hope the warming trend continues in your region, dear friend. Have a safe and happy weekend, cat!

      Lubbins lubbins lubbins!

    4. -6C this morning ... where is my bikini ... smiles ... Love, cat.

    5. Hi, cat!

      Things are definitely warming up in your area, dear friend. Do me a favor. When you find your bikini, be sure to model it on your blog. :)

      Have a great week, dear friend cat!

  7. Hi Shady. Amy is a very talented 'one girl' Beatles cover group isn't she! And, her ELO "Evil Woman" cover is really great.

    "If I Needed Someone" has always been a favorite of mine, and Amy nailed it! The Beatles would all be proud.
    I noticed she plays guitar left handed as Paul does, and plays a bass guitar very similar to Paul's. Her artistry is so impressive!

    I didn't know all of the songs you featured, but I love, "Ask Me Why", and "I'm Down". Those are songs I don't hear frequently, but they are some of the Beatles better work. I don't recall the song "For No One", but it was done very nicely by Amy.

    What a great post, Shady! Thank you for introducing us to this multi-talented young lady. I hope she will go far with her love of music and the style she projects! I can only imagine how Amy handles some of the girl artists of the 60's and 70's.

    Well, we have taken a temperature dive from yesterday's 80 degrees to 35 degrees today. But, I love the cold brisk winds! I wasn't ready to hang my coat up with moth balls yet, anyway, lol! We are going to brew a Green Chili Pork Stew this afternoon, yum! I told my sister about your Mahi-Mahi and she has eaten it before. She said it is very delicious and she loves it! Hmmm...guess I'll have to find some to try! In the meantime, thank you, dear friend Shady, and have a great weekend! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for dropping by on your Saturday, dear friend. I am very happy to see you!

      I'm thrilled to know that you appreciate the singing and musicianship of Brit girl Amy Slattery. I know that you are a musician and have your own home recording studio and can therefore relate to the quality work that Amy and her father, a veteran musician, are doing in theirs. Going in, I knew all of the songs Amy covered in this post except for the first one, "One After 909," an early Lennon - McCartney song from the 50s. I like how Amy sings and plays with authority, making the songs of the Beatles, ELO and other bands her own. Oddly enough, I looked at every video on her channel and don't remember seeing her covering any female artists. Don't peek at Amy's site, because Chris Griffin has another great batch of Amy covers coming up a few days from now and I want you to be surprised.

      I am shocked to find out that the temperature has dipped into the 30s where you are. I just stepped outside and it is very warm and humid here - air conditioning weather for sure. However, while I was out there on the porch, I did catch the aroma of your Green Chili Pork Stew blowing across the Gulf. :) Yessum, I think you'd enjoy dolphinfish or Mahi-Mahi as it is also called. Let me know if you try it.

      Thank you again for stopping by, dear friend Suzanne. I hope you are having an excellent weekend. Take care and I will be connecting with you again soon!

    2. The Green Chili Pork Stew is now ready. Rusty added some fresh Cilantro...oh, the aroma!

      I promise not to peek at Amy's site before Chris' next post. However, Rusty discovered Sina on you tube the other nite, and fell in love! I watched her do "Pinball Wizard" and she is so great (I am jealous!)

      See you soon, dear Shady Griffin!

    3. Hi again, Suzanne!

      You should send me the recipe for that stew. Mrs. Shady likes to make chili, and the dish you and Rusty cooked up sounds... what's the word I'm looking for... SCRUMMY! :)

      I'm delighted to know that Rusty found Sina's channel and is enjoying her drum covers. I also have two more great new cover artists to introduce in future posts, plus Chris Griffin will be getting his own official series at some point, so you and Rusty should please stay tuned.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend Suzanne!

  8. I really enjoyed this post and Amy is wonderful! (I almost thought you were going to say her last name was Starkey! us...and Ringo of course!) I knew almost all of the songs since I was a bit of a Beatles fan! It was a bit distracting however because she looks alot like my granddaughter, Driana..who also plays piano and guitar and can sing. Very cool! Anyway, I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and I'm letting you in on a surprise that I'm going to blog about next're the first to know that we're adopting another dog. We really had no intention of doing that but this little gal just caught our attention and needed rescue. We get her on Tuesday. Her new name will be Zoe...stay tuned! Take care Shady!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      What wonderful news, dear friend! I was wondering if you'd get another dog. God bless you and Jack for deciding to rescue another lonely animal and give it a forever home at The Pines. I am excited to meet Zoe and honored to be the first to know about her!

      I am also delighted to know that you enjoyed the Beatles cover recordings made by Amy Slattery. When Amy covers a song she does a right job of it with rich, full, layered vocals and excellent guitar, piano and drum playing. What a talented young lady, influenced by her musician dad and the great bands of the 60s and 70s, and yes, she does look like your grandkiddo Driana!

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment and for letting the cat out of the bag about Zoe. :) That news makes me very happy. God bless you, Yaya!

  9. Well Chris, I have not heard of her but she sound alright

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Thank you for coming, dear Aussie friend! Chris Griffin will be pleased to know that you gave his protégé Amy Slattery thumbs up.

      Thanks for coming and enjoy your week, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  10. Even though I've listened to all of these Beatles albums at one time or the other, these songs completely escape my memory, I'm afraid. I only remember the ELO song, and Amy's version compares admirably with the original.

    Is she a YouTube star or something like that? The sweatshirt and rec room surroundings makes me wonder.

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thanks for coming over on a Sunday, good buddy!

      I'm delighted to know you appreciate the singing and playing of Amy Slattery. Amy might not call herself a YouTube "star," but stats reveal that her channel boasts more than four-and-a-quarter million page views and she has more than 15,000 subscribers. Plus, Amy has an official website that you can visit which includes a musical message from Stevie Riks, the Beatles impersonation artist that I recently featured in another two-parter. Amy's site is here:

      Amy has been a guest performer in Beatles tribute shows and recently started touring and doing solo shows. Her dad, a veteran musician, set her up with a high quality recording studio in their home.

      Thanks again for taking a look and a listen, good buddy Kirk, and enjoy the week ahead!

  11. I wouldn't have to be told those were Lennon songs. They have his trademark in every note and lyric. She's done him proud. Let's hope he's listening.

    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming over to see and hear the amazing one girl band from Britain, Amy Slattery.

      In this two-part series Amy covers songs penned by John, Paul and George, and I agree that she channels John's style particularly well. On those first two songs, I can hear John coming through in Amy's voice.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  12. She has a lot of talent! I thought it was clever how she split the frames in the videos to show her playing/singing all the parts. The Beatles would have enjoyed listening to her covers.

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for coming over to experience the sights and sounds of Chris Griffin's latest discovery, Amy Slattery of the UK.

      I agree, dear friend. Everything about Amy's video productions is first rate - the singing, the playing, the sound quality, the video quality and the split screen FX. I can't help wondering whether Paul and Ringo have subscribed to Amy's channel.

      Thanks again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  13. Hi Shady,

    Amy is amazing! She has a lot of talent and I love her voice. You're right, everything about Amy's video production is first rate - it seems like she is professional through and through. I suspect she will go far. I wonder if Paul and Ringo discovered her channel as well.

    I will have to follow Amy's YouTube channel! Thank you for sharing her with us.

    I hope that you have a great rest of the week, dear friend.

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for dropping in to experience the brilliant cover recordings of Amy Slattery, rising star of the UK.

      I'm thrilled to know you enjoy Amy's performances as much as I do. I have been following Amy's YouTube channel for a few months now and I'm glad you have decided to follow her, too. Amy covers a variety of artists and authentically performs in a number of different styles.

      Stay tuned for part 2 of Chris Griffin's salute to Amy coming up tomorrow.

      Thank you again, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. So, I am going backwards which is typical of me. She is such an amazing artist and I love that she can play the piano and can put everything together cohesively. What a great gal who I think will go far.

    1. Hi, again, BB!

      I keep forgetting to go back and check these older posts for your comments. Thank you very much for taking a peek at both posts in this two-part tribute to the multi-talented Amy Slattery. I'm sure Amy appreciates the encouragement.

      Have a good night and I'll see you tomorrow, dear friend!


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